Rakai district local
government is struggling to contain rampant cases of teenage pregnancies and
high school dropout rates.
Steven Ssemutono, the Rakai District Inspector of
Schools, indicates that besides the obvious social problems that arise from
teenage parenting, the district can hardly find enough native professionals
that can work in the area due to the very few children completing
According to Ssemutono, a substantial number of children in the district does
not complete the ordinary secondary education level, which affects human resource
development in the area. The district has continuously suffered a sharp drop in
the number of pupils seating Primary Leaving Examination, Ordinary level and
For instance, figures
at the District education department show that on 524 out of that 3983 pupils
that completed primary seven in Rakai district in 2016, managed to complete
Uganda Certificate of Education-UCE four years later in 2020.
Ssemutono explains that with such a trend, the district can hardly employ its
own children who qualify for professional appointments. He says that the biggest
percentage of teachers in the area are outsourced.
Ssemutono says that many parents are still finding less significance in
enrolling their children beyond primary seven.
He says that they are pleading with the Ministry Of Education and Sports
to give Rakai special consideration while admitting students beyond primary
school-level such that the district can enrol more students in secondary
schools and other tertiary institutions.
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John Kasiiba, the retired teacher in Rakai district, says that together with
the local actors such as Non-Government Organizations-NGOs they are trying hard
to change the community perceptions about education.
He says that the district
faces a serious problem of parenting and some primitive cultural practices
where parents look at their girl children as sources of wealth for the family.